I had the opportunity to test two of Deborah Lippmann’s holiday 2011 nail colors, including “Shake Your Groove Thing” and “Good Girl Gone Bad.” Keep reading for my full review after the break.
The shades I received were absolutely stunning, and are perfect for a special holiday or any time of the year when you want your nails to look festive and fun.
Shake Your Groove Thing is a gorgeous gold glitter, which can be worn alone or used as a top coat over your favorite nail color. The large gold sequin glitter pieces are suspended in a clear base, so your nails are nothing but mega-watt shine and sparkle. Totally fab! (Limited Edition)
Good Girl Gone Bad is a very bold, very vampy cabernet with just a hint of gold shimmer to catch the light. I love deep purple shades, and this one definitely fits the bill. This shade is NOT limited edition.
After admiring the shades in the bottle, I had to test them both to see if they looked just as gorgeous on nails as they did in the bottle. I’ve rated their performance in a variety of categories, including application, wear time and how many coats each needed for full coverage.
1. Shake Your Groove Thing did NOT apply smooth, but I wasn’t expecting it to. Most glitter polishes that are this densely packed will not apply as smoothly as a regular polish because it is textured and not as easy to smooth out. Otherwise, application was a cinch. This is really more suited as a top coat, in my opinion, but if you want full coverage you will need 2-3 coats, at least.
2. Good Girl Gone Bad applies very nicely, and the shimmer is really apparent on nails; even more so in the bottle. It dries to a semi-matte finish, but a glossy top coat makes it shine quite nicely. I could easily have gotten away with one semi-thick coat of this, but I used two coats to be safe.
With my base coat and a top coat, both polishes lasted about 5 days before I started noticing any visible tip wear or chips. For me, this is a lot – I don’t normally keep polish on longer than three days. Without a base/top coat, I noticed that Good Girl Gone Bad was more prone to chipping. I didn’t notice with Shake Your Groove Thing, because it is such a thick, densely packed polish that chips, if there were any, were not noticeable unless you were really examining my nails. Overall, I’d say the wear time for both of these is very good!
This was my first experience with Deborah Lippmann polishes, and I have to say I am hooked. Both shades I was able to review are simply stunning, and the application and wear time is very good. Even though these are part of a “Holiday” collection, there’s absolutely no reason why you couldn’t wear these shades year-round when you want to jazz up your nails. I’m definitely a fan!
Price: $16/Good Girl Gone Bad; $18/Shake Your Groove Thing
Availability: DeborahLippman.com, Barney’s New York, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus (note: Shake Your Groove Thing is a LIMITED EDITION, so you may need to scour eBay or Amazon to find it now.)